Tattersall Distilling Opening New Wisconsin Destination Distillery In Fall 2021

A new destination distillery and second production facility for Minnesota’s Tattersall Distilling is under way in River Falls, Wisconsin, set to open this fall.

The 75,000-square-foot facility will focus on sustainability, featuring indoor and outdoor event spaces, an on-site restaurant, a large retail market and expanded production capabilities. Distillery owners say this move will allow Tattersall to continue to grow production while maintaining its cocktail room in nearby Minneapolis.

Tattersall plans to reopen its Northeast Minneapolis cocktail room this summer with expanded seating, providing more room for guests to socially distance.

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A rendering of the planned Tattersall distillery in Wisconsin (image via Tattersall Distilling)

“We’ve been on the hunt for a second location for more than two years,” said Jon Kreidler, founder and chief officer of Tattersall Distilling, in a prepared statement. “Because of Minnesota’s restrictive liquor laws, to maintain our presence in Minneapolis, we were forced to look outside the state’s borders. To stay as close as possible, we landed on River Falls and couldn’t be more excited … the town has a focus on sustainability and renewables which aligns perfectly with Tattersall’s brand and vision.”

The new destination-distillery is being designed by River Valley Architects and built by Market & Johnson and will look and feel similar to Tattersall’s Minneapolis location. The new space will feature a full-service restaurant and cocktail bar serving modern American cuisine and an innovative cocktail program for up to 150 guests. It will have an outdoor patio with access to an indoor/outdoor bar and a variety of seating options including fire pits and lawn games for up to 250 people.

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Plans are also in the works for a large amphitheater, for events such as outdoor wedding ceremonies, festivals, concerts and markets. The new grand ballroom, supported by an adjacent pre-event space, can be divided into three distinct spaces or left whole for up to 420 people to gather.

In addition, the new facility will have a boardroom with full audio-video capabilities, two VIP suites, as well as an enlarged barrel room to provide an intimate experience for events, tours and tastings.

The new retail market will allow for shopping and a central tasting bar will invite guests to try before they buy. A second experience bar serves as the starting point for distillery tours, educational classes, training and exclusive food and drink experiences.

The new change comes as Tattersall’s production was on track to exceed Minnesota’s state cap on production for microdistilleries. Kreidler said that current laws state that if a microdistillery exceeds production of 40,000 proof gallons, they are unable to operate a cocktail room or sell product directly to their guests. He said that, despite numerous efforts from Tattersall and the Minnesota Distillers Guild over the past four years, this law has remained unchanged.

So, as Tattersall enters its 30th state for distribution, the majority of its production will be moved to the River Falls distillery. This will ensure that the cocktail room in Northeast Minneapolis remains in operation.

Additionally, Kreidler said, Wisconsin’s liquor laws allow Tattersall’s new location to sell unlimited spirits to guests, enabling people to leave with all of the proper ingredients needed to recreate their favorite drinks.

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Tattersall will reopen its Northeast Minneapolis cocktail room this June after being temporarily closed since March of last year due to Covid-19. The cocktail room will undergo an expansion over the summer, providing additional space between tables to enable safer social distancing measures. A small amount of production will remain in Northeast Minneapolis to supply the cocktail room.

Founded five years ago, Tattersall’s portfolio has grown to more than 30 all-natural spirits and liqueurs available in 30 states. Tattersall is a member of Minnesota Grown, meaning all products include at least 80-percent of Minnesota-grown ingredients.